Lapid made a series of posts on his Twitter account after Netanyahu’s statements that blamed the decline in the country’s deterrent power on the previous government led by Naftali Bennett and Lapid.
Yair Lapid said, “As our enemies shed the blood of our brothers in the streets, the Prime Minister is losing control of the people. Instead of holding press conferences and blaming someone else for the problems caused by the most radical and unsuccessful government in the country’s history, it’s time for Netanyahu and his ministers to take responsibility.”
Lapid also referred to Netanyahu’s annulment of his decision to dismiss Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, adding that this was the right step.
Reaction from former ministers to Netanyahu’s statements
On the other hand, former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett commented on his Twitter account, “Contrary to what Israel needs, divisive and shameful” regarding Netanyahu’s statements.
In a statement to Israeli Channel 12 television, Bennett noted that the attack on Gaza in May 2021 took over a country that was trying to heal its wounds, and that the Gaza border was experiencing the quietest period of its time.
“While the world looks at it as a high-tech country, it now looks with pity”
Former Prime Minister Bennett said, “We have left to Netanyahu the best political situation of the past years. Strong relations with the US President, my personal relations with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt … They no longer want to meet with Netanyahu. The world is high-tech to Israel. While he was looking at it as a country, he now looks at it with pity,” he said.
“Crying does not lead to leadership”
Former Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on his Twitter account, “Crying does not lead to leadership” for Netanyahu’s statements.
Former Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman also said that Netanyahu “proved that he is not a man worthy of fulfilling his duty as prime minister and that he does not take responsibility for his actions”.
Liberman called on the Likud Party to expel Netanyahu from the party chairmanship.
In a statement made in the evening, Netanyahu accused the Bennett-Lapid government of handing over the country’s gas reserves to Lebanese Hezbollah without any compensation.
Holding the previous government responsible for the decline in the country’s deterrent power, Netanyahu promised to regain that power and to maintain calm on the borders with East Jerusalem.